The way to rest the mind
Should be neither too intense nor too relaxed.
Let the mind rest with clarity and without distraction,
Like a lamp on a windless night.
Let the mind wander to various objects with awareness,
Like a bird set free from a ship at sea.
Regard whatever arises in the mind as part of mahamudra,
Like the flames of a forest fire.
Regard all sensory impressions as part of meditation,
Like reflections of the moon on water.
A yogi allows the mind to wander and rest with ease,
Like a skilful elephant herder looks after his elephants.
A yogi should delight in sensory experiences,
Just as fields rely on water and manure.
quoted in the book The Ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje's Ocean of Certainty
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Further quotes from the book The Ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje's Ocean of Certainty:
- Maintaing awareness in the states of agitation and meditative equipoise
- Relaxing in an unconditional state
- Mind’s reflections
- Maintaining awareness
- Realizing the nature of mind
- Diversity and unity
- The root of samsara and nirvana
- Free from all empirical characteristics